Blue Orleans

The Kansas City music scene jumps and shivers to the incomparable sounds of Blue Orleans. Using a rich mixture of rhythms and beats, they take the listener on a journey to all points South: New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, the Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina and all the way back again.

Blue Orleans is a mixture of zydeco, Bourbon Street Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Reggae, Ska and Caribbean, thrown in a pot of gumbo and mixed with the Mardi Gras spirit when they hit the stage. Blue Orleans covers it all with seasoned pro experience and tight five-vocal harmonies. They mix New Orleans standards with a twist on covers!

Bunny Rodina: Percussion, Tamburica, Electric Mando, vocals (Caribe, Contraband, Rodina). An impassioned vocalist and student of World Champion Accordian player Don Lipovac, Bunny is a veteran of the KC music scene who knows how to get the good times started and the crowd dancing.

Michael Helton : KC sax and flute vet, started on the blues circuit centered around Minneapolis’ West Bank after high school, then joined Guyana-born guitarist/singer John Bayley on tour throughout Colorado and Arizona. Back in KC, Mike performed and recorded with groups including Max Groove, then toured extensively with the region’s number one Caribbean band, Caribe where he met Paul, Mike and Bunny.

Paul Matthews: Drums, assorted percussion and vocals (CaribeBagdad Jones,Billy Ebeling & the Late For Dinner BandThe Salty Iguanas,Random Aztech, Rubber, Fang-o-Love,The Love Squad, Redhammer, Ricky Dean Sinatra, The Big Rigs,, LogRhythm). The drummer that never stops, Paul is the most in-demand rhythm man in the Lawrence & Kansas City area and has produced and played on CDs with some of the best. 

Mike Roberts: Electric and acoustic guitars and vocals (Blue ConditionShake & Trick Bag) Out of Texas, Mike has traveled the South and the Midwest playing acoustic/electric blues and slide guitar. His vocals have the growl of Dr. John and his guitar playing shows years of experience.

Doug Osburn: Bass guitar and vocals (Rockhill, Rodina, Howard Iceberg & The Titanics) Doug began with the Wichita area experimental rock group Rhynohyni after college and migrated to KC in the late '80s, playing with a wide variety of groups before meeting Bunny and Mike H. in Rodina. A solid vocalist and songwriter, his bass style has the swing of the blues and the thump of rock with a big fat focus on the bottom end.





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